26North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a veterans meeting to mark the 62nd anniversary of the Korean armistice. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) North Korea's state media on Sunday (July 26) released still photographs of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attending a massive rally of North Korean veterans to mark upcoming 62th anniversary of Korean armistice. The North's state-run television KRT showed still photographs of Korean War veterans in military uniforms gathering at venue of 4th National Conference of Veterans on Saturday (July 25) in Pyongyang. Kim delivered speech and praised the Korean War veterans for their efforts, KRT said. North Korean Director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People's Army, Hwang Pyong So and the North Korean Minister of the People's Armed Forces, Pak Yong Sik attended the rally, the North's official news agency KCNA said. The armistice, signed on July 27 in 1953, halted fighting between U.S-led U.N forces backing South Korea and Communist Chinese and North Korean troops. The truce has never been converted into a peace treaty, leaving the two Koreans in a technical state of war. North Korea says the armistice marks the defeat of the United States and has protected the sovereignty of the communist country under the founder Kim Il Sung.